It wasn’t so long ago that hunting was a means of survival. What is now mostly considered sport, hunting is enjoyed by men and women, young and old. Its rich heritage in Minnesota is even spelled out in the state’s constitution, in part reading, “Hunting and fishing…are a valued part of our heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people…”
To make sure you can continue to enjoy your fall hunts for many seasons to come, safety should be the number one priority for all involved. Many of the inherent dangers of hunting are apparent: weapons, remote locations, cold and wet weather. Preparing ahead of time for what might happen can help you in case it does. While weapons training, proper gear, and familiarity with your hunting location are vital to a safe hunt, so is knowing how to keep yourself and your hunting party out of harm’s way.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hunting advice and information available through its Web site. Visit the Minnesota DNR Web site and click on Hunting & trapping under Popular Links.
There are a lot of things to think about when hunting that relate to the enjoyment, excitement, and safety of the sport. Staying ahead of the game—in every sense of the word—can do a lot toward making your next outing a memorable one.